SEA Corpus


The SEA corpus contains 337 sociolinguistic interviews, digitally recorded, from 36 different locations around the UK. 195 interviews, representing 56% of the corpus, are with speakers the SEA region, with 163 recordings conducted in Colchester, while the corpus also represents speakers from the Isle of Wight, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Midlands and South(western) England and the east coast of America. The corpus contains recordings of 192 females and 156 males, born between the years of 1918-1997, with 52%% of speakers born from 1980 onwards.

57% of the recordings have accompanying demographic background information about the speaker and 55% of the recordings also have an accompanying transcript covering a portion of the interview. Both of these files are in the [.doc] format and can be downloaded from the website with appropriate access, whilst all recordings are in a [.mp3] format and can be accessed on the website or downloaded with appropriate access.

All of the interviews in the corpus have been conducted by students in the Department of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Essex, with new interviews added annually. The SEA Corpus is available for use by University of Essex students and can be accessed with appropriate login credentials. If you are not affiliated with the University and are interested in using the corpus for academic research, please contact Vineeta Chand, SEA Corpus Manager, at This corpus is not available for commercial use.

The Corpus can be browsed and sorted within the website based on location, age and year recorded. Alternatively, fuller details of each interview are available in this spreadsheet in which interviews are coded for location, age, gender, birth year and recording year, as well as whether they have an accompanying background information sheet, transcript, transcription conventions and/or style shifting data.

The interactive map above illustrates the different locations of the recordings, which are pinpointed with a marker which, by clicking, will also display the location name (e.g. Colchester) and the number of recordings from that location. The map can be zoomed in or out of specific areas.